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Friday, December 30, 2011
Happy New Year
       This is Uncle Jack's last chance in 2011 to use his favorite word in a blog entry so he has put down his new Kindle long enough to wish everybody a Happy New Year even though there appears to be little reason to believe that wishing will make it so for a lot of folks. Anyway this is the PENULTIMATE day of 2011 which means that after tomorrow we will be starting a new year and there is always hope when that happens.
       He already knows that 2012 will be infinitely better for him than 2011 in one respect and that is because Santa came through and brought him the new bottom-of-the line Kindle he has been coveting for months. It has hardly been out of his hands for the past several days and it has already supplanted everything and everybody except Mrs. U.J. in his affections. After years of squinting and rubbing his eyes in an increasingly futile effort to read the small type in which all books seem to be printed these days he can read effortlessly again.
       He read somewhere that the Amazon company sold over three million of its fancy new Kindle "Fire" gadgets in the three weeks after its release on November 15 and he has to say he is happy for them in spite of the fact that Amazon has behaved very badly in some respects in recent months. He hopes the company will get its cut-throat tendencies under control and avoid alienating the very people they most want to sell Kindles to.
       Uncle Jack has a very good reason (in addition to his own happiness with the Kindle itself) to want everybody in the world to buy one immediately. That reason, of course, is his own Kindle book which anybody with a Kindle and $4.99 can purchase and download with one or two mouse clicks. He has checked it out on his own Kindle and he can tell you that it works well. The typeface can be as large as you want it to be and the pictures look good even in black and white. If you have a fancier Kindle like the Fire they will show up in their original glorious color.
       The easiest way to find out more is to Google "Uncle Jack's Outer Banks" Kindle edition and then click on one of the several links that will pop up on Google. Of course you don't have to have a Kindle to read it; just download the Kindle app for your computer or other device first and then you are all set. (Google "Kindle app for PC" and click on the link).
       He is happy to report that he and Mrs. U.J. are spending a blissful ten days in Sonag which has been bathed in sunshine almost every day since they got here the day after Christmas. They have been walking the newly replenished beach every day and wondering where all the sand went. Uncle Jack would like to be optimistic but at the rate the new beach is narrowing it does seems unlikely that visitors will be complaining about the long hike to the water's edge much longer. Only time will tell.
       Again, a happy and healthy New Year to all.

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Ten minutes before sunrise, Tuesday December 27. Uncle Jack got to the beach on time but a 25 knot icy wind out of the north sent him packing before the sun could top those clouds.

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Seagull Drive in South Nags Head. The Town's sand-fencing project is well underway. Some sturdy dunes should build up around the fencing when the winter winds start to blow out of the northeast.

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The Seagull Drive orphans are still awaiting whatever it is they are awaiting. Will it be rehabilitation or demolition?

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This one looks like it could fall over any time---hopefully not on the children who were playing near it when this photo was taken.

posted by Uncle Jack at 4:11 PM

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Friday, December 16, 2011
Ho Ho Ho
To find this entry google "Uncle Jack's Baltimore Blog"


Thanks. U.J.

posted by Uncle Jack at 7:42 AM

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After retiring in 2005 after 35 years as owner/operator of Yellowhouse Gallery and Annex on the Beach Road in Nags Head, Uncle Jack, accompanied by Mrs. Uncle Jack (a.k.a. Susan), commenced to travel extensively. This blog is a chronicle of their ramblings around the U.S. (in their redoubtable Mini Cooper convertible) as well as visits to England, Ireland, France, Italy, and Malta, interspersed with lengthy stays in South Nags Head and Baltimore between trips. He took a lot of pictures along the way, many of which are posted along with each blog entry.
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